What is "Healthy" Fat?

What is "Healthy" Fat?

For decades, people have avoided nuts because they’re high in fat, but WellcomeMD nutritionist Jess Godfrey argues that they’re actually one of the better foods we can eat. When you eat nuts, you’re also getting fiber, protein, and antioxidants all from one filling snack.

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You Eat What Your Food Eats

You Eat What Your Food Eats

Contrary to popular assumption, WellcomeMD nutritionist Jess Godfrey says that eggs should be an important part of everyone’s diet. While eggs have previously had a negative rep, a study published by the AMA (American Medical Association) found no relationship between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, people who ate six eggs per week had a lower risk of heart disease than those who ate less than one.

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Eating the Rainbow

Eating the Rainbow

Last month, nutritionist Jess Godfrey spoke to WellcomeMD’s Richmond practice about the importance of eating a well-balanced diet, or as she refers to it, eating the rainbow. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be featuring blogs on the nutritious foods that Jess recommends, and explaining how and why you should include them in your diet.

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What is Concierge Medicine?

What is Concierge Medicine?

You may have heard of "membership medicine," "retainer medicine," or a "concierge medical practice" in the news or from friends, and wondered about it. Unlike many aspects of medical care, this subject is not at all complex. This increasingly popular form of primary care — family care — works. And, if it is available in your community, why you might consider it as an option.

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Aging Optimally - A Physician's Perspective

Aging Optimally - A Physician's Perspective

I have practiced medicine for over 15 years, and I was struck by how many of my patients came to me with symptoms that I could not address with a prescription pad alone. Everything looked “normal”, but they still felt fatigue, pain, and a general lack of vitality.

My med school training told me the answer for these folks was, “Well you are getting older, this is to be expected.” But that was not an answer that satisfied me - I sensed that there was more I could do.

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Better Fitness and Nutrition Results from Your Genes

Better Fitness and Nutrition Results from Your Genes

I always wondered why I chose tennis as my sport. Not that I was bad at other more popular sports like baseball, basketball, or football, but I excelled in tennis. After looking at the results from a genetic analysis focused on fitness and nutrition genes, I have a better understanding of why tennis fit me so well. Still, I wish I had known this information earlier. I think I would have done more to optimize my potential by training smarter, eating better, and doing more to prevent injury.

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The Best Way to Prevent Breast Cancer Death

The Best Way to Prevent Breast Cancer Death

I've appreciated the talents of Julia Louis-Dreyfus since her Seinfeld days and was concerned to hear her news: the day after winning an Emmy for her role in the HBO series Veep, she received a sobering diagnosis. "1 in 8 women get breast cancer," she said on Twitter. "Today, I'm the one."

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Can the Waiting Room Make You Sick(er)?

Can the Waiting Room Make You Sick(er)?

Avoid getting sick: stay away from sick people. But when you need to visit your doctor's office? A recent study in the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiologysays well-child doctor appointments - like annual exams - result in more cases of flu-like symptoms within the next two weeks.

It's not just the kids who are suffering - family members have more risk, too. These findings don't mean you and your family should avoid visiting your doctor. But they are a wake-up call for prevention. 

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A Tick Could Crash Your Summer BBQ

A Tick Could Crash Your Summer BBQ

Summertime and burgers on the grill go hand in hand–unless you've been bitten by the Lone Star tick. It can give victims an allergic reaction to red meat. The allergy, whose nickname is "Alpha-Gal," may recede over time, but there is currently no cure or vaccine.
 
As in many areas of the country, Oak Park is seeing an uptick in the kinds and numbers of ticks and related diseases–Illinois has 15 different species. The Lone Star tick is one of the few that is likely to be encountered by people, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Safeguard Your Health While On Vacation

Safeguard Your Health While On Vacation

At my Oak Park practice, travel medicine and travel risk management are always on the agenda. If you plan to go abroad -- or even to plenty of places in the U.S. -- a comprehensive, unhurried conversation with your doctor is definitely called for. 

A pretravel consultation includes prevention of infections, prescribed medications to bring in case of emergency, and coping with hazardous terrain, for starters.

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